It is easy to make small amounts of strawberry jam often, using the microwave. It takes about 10 mins or so to make, and is gorgeous. I often make it in the middle of the night if I can not sleep. It is especially good if you grow your own strawberries.
This recipe isn’t made in the microwave, and is even more delicious.
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Easy. Just a small amount, to keep you going for a week or two. I have been known to make half this quantity as I had guests coming for afternoon tea. Reduce the cooking times slightly if you want to do it this way.
I often use flower-flavoured sugar, for example I love buddleah flower flavoured sugar which I make myself. It adds a subtle flavour and makes the jam smell of summer.
|2 punnets (500g) strawberries||0.25 – 0.5 cup lemon juice (the riper the strawberries, the more lemon juice is needed)||2 cups sugar|
Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut large strawberries into 2, or 4. Place in a saucepan with lemon juice and cook for 10 minutes or so until they are soft. Stir in sugar, and cook at a reasonable boil for 30 minutes, stirring often. Now watch it carefully. It is beginning to darken slightly, and you will feel it begin to thicken if you watch it carefully. Test every couple of minutes for setting point – it might take another 10 minutes.
When it jells on a cold saucer, pour into hot sterilised jars and seal. This makes around 2 cups.
For setting point, I place a couple of drops of jam on the sloped lip of a soup plate. When it has set, it will not run over the edge of the lip.
For variation, add a thimble full of kirsch when you add the sugar.
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